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Sep 15, 2016

Embattled Immigration and Police Minister will not give in to critics

Godwin Hulse

Senator Godwin Hulse represents government business in upper parliament.  While he will not be sitting on the soon-to-be constituted task force to look into the findings of the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report on Immigration, the outspoken member of the Senate has weighed in on the pending inquiry.  In fact, Hulse was the one who introduced an alternative to the Opposition’s call for a Senate Select Committee, a motion which was defeated at the last meeting of the Senate.  He proposed the option of a Joint Select Committee which would be comprised of members from both houses of the National Assembly.  That suggestion was supported by government, as well as the business community, but was frowned on by the Opposition and other social partners.  On Tuesday, Cabinet backpedaled and later issued a statement that it is now prepared to support a Senate Select Committee.  This morning, we asked Senator Hulse for a comment on the abrupt change of mind.

 

Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration

“I felt and still feel comfortable with the suggestion of a joint investigation because, to be clear again, as I said on the morning show, the report from the Auditor General is laid before both houses.  That is the Auditor General’s responsibility to report to both houses.  The House of Representatives is the elected house, it’s the people who are responsible to the people of Belize and they should have a right to investigate the stewardship of a department of government because the executive is responsible to the legislature.  The fact that there is a constitutional provision for the Senate does not give the Senate exclusive right, it gives the Senate rights and powers, not exclusive.  So, this is going back and forth but the Senate can do it.  But to my mind the standing orders provide for both the Senate and the House; it’s a report that went before the Senate and the House and I just simply felt that the Senate and the House should do it jointly.  The bottom line of course is that the people of Belize must, must get an opportunity to hear this whole report being fleshed out in its entire details.  Those persons who have done wrong, the public should know and action should be taken against them and I support that.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, the unions have been calling for you to excuse yourself as a part of the incoming process.  Could you give me a comment on that?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Well, it’s a different thing.  I don’t think they want me to excuse myself, they want me to be removed.”

 

Reporter

“They are asking for you to be removed as senator and as Minister of Police.”

 

Godwin Hulse

“And I would ask them on what grounds?  On what basis?  Is it because they feel, and I don’t know who is this judge that would feel that I don’t have the capacity to oversee a department that is doing an investigation into any wrongdoing that will be publicly pronounced.  I mean, remember you know, this will be publicly pronounced.  What a fool I will look like if I ever put foot on investigations which are publicly pronounced or in a public book.  So please man, I hope nobody is judging by themselves and thinking that because they may not be capable that I am not, unless somebody can cite any wrongdoing that I have ever done in any faucet of my life or any control I have ever exercised over any department in terms of directing, do this and don’t do this.  I don’t do that at all, never did it in Lands, never did it in Labor, Local Government, Rural Development, Immigration, Nationality, Fire, NEMO, all the departments I’ve had and certainly won’t do it in the police.”

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1 Response for “Embattled Immigration and Police Minister will not give in to critics”

  1. Ali BaBa-row, chief thief says:

    Embrace the criminal nation of Belize.
    We have much to steal from you!

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